In Nepal, HI aims to enhance access to education for all children, including children with disabilities, and to enable people with injuries or disabilities to benefit from rehabilitation sessions.
Collapsed building, Nepal - Humanity & Inclusion | © Wesley Pryor / HI
HI has been present in Nepal for some 18 years. The country, adjoining the Himalayan mountain range, experiences significant seismic activity, particularly in the Kathmandu Valley where 1.5 million people live
HI is working with communities and local authorities, notably by developing emergency plans, and improving emergency warning and evacuation systems. This work takes into account the specific needs of people with disabilities. The organisation is also implementing a system capable of immediately dispatching health professionals (doctors, nurses, and so on) to ensure earthquake victims receive immediate care and treatment.
HI trains teachers and promotes access to education for children with special education needs, such as autism, particularly children with disabilities in 16 districts, through the “Reading for All” project. HI also provides support to young girls and teenage girls with disabilities from the most disadvantaged communities by promoting their access to education. In addition, the organisation supports five rehabilitation centres in Nepal, enabling thousands of people in the country to benefit from physiotherapy and orthopaedic fitting, and works to improve rehabilitation services in earthquake-affected districts.
The organisation also facilitates the professional inclusion of people with disabilities. It provides personalised support and advice, and helps them to undertake training to practise the professional activity of their choice. The organisation also raises employers' awareness of disability and works with professional inclusion services to meet the specific needs of people with disabilities.
HI also trains health workers to detect disability and refer children with disabilities to appropriate services where they can benefit from quality treatment.
Thanks to its experience in the case management of earthquake victims, the organisation was able to take immediate action to help people affected by the earthquake that hit Nepal on 25th April 2015, which killed more than 8,000 people and injured more than 22,000. HI organised more than 10,500 rehabilitation sessions for more than 4,000 people, carried out psychosocial support sessions, and distributed over 2,300 mobility aids (walking frames, wheelchairs and crutches) to more than 2,200 people. The organisation has also distributed over 4,300 essential needs kits.
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Nepal highly vulnerable to earthquakes.
The earthquake which hit Nepal on 25 April 2015 killed more than 8,000 people and injured 22,000. Nepal, a country which is highly exposed to the risk of seismic activity, in particular in the valley of Kathmandu, is preparing itself for these disasters.
Over 40% of the population lives below the poverty line. The livelihoods of three-quarters of the population depend on agriculture. Its economic development was hindered by the conflict between the government authorities and Maoist insurgents (1996-2006), who are today integrated into the democratic process. This conflict left 12,000 dead and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. It also left many veterans of the war with disabilities. Today the country is working towards democracy and is in a period of relative stability.
In Nepal, disability is primarily considered a social issue. It is rarely addressed as a public health issue or taken into account in education, health and economic development. An estimated 78% of children with disabilities are not in education (Barriga, 2011) and only 1% of the population with disabilities in Nepal has access to employment.
Number of HI staff members: 92
Date the programme opened: 2000